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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Elsa » Wed May 01, 2013 5:30 pm

Yay! :clap: :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Pumbaa » Wed May 01, 2013 6:25 pm

Thanks Elsa & wildtuinman :dance: :dance: :dance:

Thanks for the Sabota Lark ID as well :thumbs_up:

There are still far so many birds I am not quite sure of :gflower: but never getting tired in learning

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:01 pm

Having said that, I have tried unsccessfully to work out this chap, shot unfortunately in the gloomy morning at Bontebok park.

and a third.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:48 am

Can anyone help with my 3 a bit further above.

The best I can come up with is
3. Long billed pipit?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:21 am

Sorry BB, will try and help

3- Difficult to say but the bill seems too broad for a Pipit.. Could perhaps be a Lark, Sabota Lark maybe.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:07 pm

DotDan wrote:Sorry BB, will try and help

3- Difficult to say but the bill seems too broad for a Pipit.. Could perhaps be a Lark, Sabota Lark maybe.



Thanks DD. It is a bit big for a Sabota, and slightly out of range. Pity that is my only pic.
I have looked (inconclusively) at all possible larks & pipits.

Can anyone else help here please. :hmz:

Could turn out to be a tick.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:27 pm

Yeah, it might be out of range but one thing I can say is that it ain't no African Pipit. The short tail without any white outer tail feathers rules them out.

The heavy bill can only point to either Bradfields Lark (Sabota Lark) or Large Billed Lark. Taking into consideration the range, the latter would most probably be the safer bet.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby hilda » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:45 pm

BB, I know I don't have enough knowledge to ID any of your birds, but in the quiet I am trying, and am constantly checking whether one of the experts came up with an answer, then I compare it with mine.

Could your bird #3 possibly be a Dusky Lark? That, and in a way the Large-billed Lark, are the only Larks with dark brown cheeks and ear coverts, with the central whitish spot, forming a dark 'T'-shape under white eye crescents. :hmz:

On the other hand, the range would be wrong for a Dusky Lark, which makes DotDan's Large-billed Lark a better ID. :thumbs_up:

I wish more experts will have a look here! (Not that I don't believe you DotDan, just for your support!) :D

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:11 pm

My mates Oom & Joh must have gone walkies.

I will settle for large billed lark. :wall: Long billed pipit would have increased my tally, so would dusky lark (thanks for trying Hilda :thumbs_up: ), as would a few other larks.....

Almost all the (few) pipits I have seen DD were African.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:50 pm

pnm wrote:Hello to Bush Baptist - sorry I was far too rude about the Cape and its few species. I have acess to two farms here in Paarl and my lists aren't too bad actually! Join me out in Paarl one day for a trip to both farms!


LMHO! Sounds good :thumbs_up:

I know what you mean, our common birds down south here are not as exciting as those in the hinterland.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:08 pm

BB, must say it looks a lot like Sabota Lark to me...

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:11 pm

Thanks Lizet.

Must check the Bontebok NP list again to see if they have it.
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MxM » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:18 pm

Hi guys

Please assist me in an audit of my life list. Since I hopelessly failed the lark challenge on the ID quiz, let me start there:

Sabota lark (Karoo NP), Nov 2012
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Large-billed lark (Karoo NP), Nov 2012
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Thanks for the help

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:42 pm

Hi Mxm, Just had a quick look and I think number 5 is also a Sabota Lark. (Bradfields)

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MxM » Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:24 pm

Hi DotDan

Thanks for the help. Its a pity, but think you are right. This is why I need to know though, then I can ensure that there is not a different version of that guy in my archives or I need to look for one, and the latter is always more fun :whistle:
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